2 Corinthians 12:9(NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
We went on a mission trip as a family again. I was quite an avid mission tripper in my youth, and it was exciting then to bring God's Word to those who lived in conditions poorer than ours. Bathing in rivers and sleeping on cold hard grounds did not use to faze me.
This time, I felt different as I anticipated the trip. I dreaded the lack of privacy - there were to be thirty-one people, mostly teenagers, sleeping in one church hall smaller than my HDB flat. We would sleep in sleeping bags on the ground and from experience, the weather was unbearably cold at night. There was no heating system and we had to bathe ourselves in uncomfortably cold water which ran from the river.
I was ashamed of my poor attitude and for being pampered. Everyone else in the family seemed enthusiastic about the trip. I prayed about my ill-preparedness and requested that God use our family and change my heart.
God is good! Firstly, it was not cold at night when we were there! Some people even slept in shorts and Little An kicked her sleeping bag away as she felt hot. On one of the evenings, someone boiled water for Little An to bathe with. We managed to sing carols at more houses this year as Little An is older and can sleep later. J was given the opportunity to play his violin during the night outreach programmes and during carolling. We got to teach English at the schools and J said that was the most meaningful activity for him. I played the piano when needed and Little An had a minor role in the drama. I also thank God for the presence of the family of Lyndon's cousin. They have three children so at least I was not the only one with kids.
|Helping with cement works|
|Carolling at night|
I heard a podcast earlier today and was reminded to use what He has given us to bless others. And indeed, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.